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CHARLOTTE – Eric Henry arrived at the Democratic National Convention hoping to connect with some fellow business owners and organizations, and maybe help make some noise while they’re here.

“It takes large groups of loud voices to make sure we’re being heard,” Henry said.

At a convention where individuals seem to be paying close attention to the transparency of government and big businesses – from sustainable business practices to victims of foreclosure – Eric Henry’s plan to make a little noise about better policies for businesses, large and small alike, seems fitting. Henry owns TS Designs, a sustainable t-shirt company in Burlington, NC, that places equal emphasis on “people, planet and profit” and prides itself on transparency. The company’s website offers specifics on the source of their products and how they’re being produced, “from dirt to shirt.”

“Transparency does open you up to weaknesses… but it’s about gaining trust and showing your customers where your product and services come from,” Henry said. “So many businesses, there’s so much money and no transparency.”

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CHARLOTTE — Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) looked to an unlikely source of inspiration when speaking to a crowd of business leaders at the Democratic National Convention on the importance of building sustainable businesses and communities. That source was his father — a preacher whom Rep. Clyburn credited with teaching him a lesson on how to approach the world of business, and how that business can serve its community and the greater good.

“Stewardship,” Rep. Clyburn said. Based on his father’s teachings, the Congressman learned the importance of responsibly managing one’s resources. Cleaning up the environment first and foremost, and becoming a more resourceful nation could make all the difference in leaving something better for the next generation.

“I believe we need to build a future for our children,” he said. “I believe, as my dad would say, that we need to provide good stewardship over our environment.”

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This morning, legislative proponents and advocacy groups gathered at the NC General Assembly to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act around the 2nd anniversary of its passage into law. Felicia Willems of NC MomsRising shared her experience with the new law and spoke of how it improved the quality of life for her family, literally overnight. Watch the video of her remarkable story below.